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Galata Bridge

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Address: Galata Koprusu Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 243 9501
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu,...

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

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Beautiful views

Beautiful view over the city. Its nice to see all the fishermen with their hand-made fireplaces. :).

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Naomie A
The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to take a slow walk from one side to the other over the Golden Horn. Fish sandwiches are fresh and tasty!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot to watch sunset over Istanbul, below the bridge, and see the beautiful mosques and palaces lit up at night. Watch fisherman and many tourist enjoy views of the Golden Horn. Many restaurants and fresh fish to try, great please to relax and watch boats pass by. Can see Topcapi Palace, Galata Tower, Sulemaniye Mosque and much more.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful view over the city. Its nice to see all the fishermen with their hand-made fireplaces. :).

Thank Naomie A
Bialystok, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

One of the best places in İstanbul to take spectacular photos, the gulls are flying next to fishermenand people to get some bread, people are walking fast to their works or to their houses. Besides all there is huge traffic. Galata bridge is a kind of complicated bridge with spectacular view and breathtaking place ! Must see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The Galata Brigde are just a brigde, but also so very much more. It's an icon, a symbol of communication and a famous traveling hub. Busy and sometimes crowded, but yes it ischarming

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

As I was in Sultanahmet bridge was on my way to Taxim square. View from the bridge is nice, especially in night with all lights around. People are fisihing like crazy and below there are many restaurants I did not visited so cannot recommend them.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Galata bridge as a symbol is very good place and also location is very good. If you want to eat something the adventure will begin. When you start your head turning arround reastaurant staff will start to disturb with saying "come here, come here". It is really hard to say which one is good for having lunch or dinner. You... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We took the tram across this bridge several times during our recent trip and walked across it a few times. We also ate at one of the restaurants that are under the bridge at both ends. The highlight for us was watching the fishermen lined along the sides catching plenty of fish with their rods and reels.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Wasn't a planned trip. Happened to be in the vicinity so decided to go see it. Don't regret it. Very nice views on both sides of the bridge towards the river and also towards land. Was there on a hot day the cool breeze felt most welcome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

An unique view to Istanbul, the sea and all those fishermen on the sides, having full bowls of fresh fish, fish restaurants underneath it and a view platform

Thank Aistė S

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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